Cynthia Schultz is a lawyer, senior executive, and business strategist recognized in both the public and private sectors as an authority on compliance. She is known for her risk, compliance, and financial and political acumen with in-depth knowledge of federal regulatory and compliance requirements governing domestic and international broadband, communications, and technology sectors. Ms. Schultz’s strong business judgment and legal background combined with an ability to create robust and sound compliance processes deliver long-term sustainable solutions to complex challenges.
Ms. Schultz has a global perspective that informs an independent voice, provides an unbiased viewpoint and collaborative attitude that appreciates the underlying concerns of stakeholders and political environments. With an extensive background and knowledge of the judicial and executive branches of the U.S. government, she is able to navigate executive agency policy, procedures. She is a published author and sought after public speaker and communicator frequently participating in industry forums and legal education on federal compliance and regulatory policy in E-Rate, Rural Health Care, and the broadband technology sector.
Ms. Schultz serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer to Affiniti. In this capacity, she oversees the legal affairs of the company, including litigation and public policy initiatives. She also manages governance and regulatory compliance.
Prior to beginning work at Affiniti, Ms. Schultz was in private practice as the Principal at The Schultz Group and a Partner at Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington D.C., where she specialized in technology and telecommunications law and her practice focused on telecommunications, FCC Universal Service matters, and E-Rate and Rural Healthcare compliance.
As Principal of The Schultz Group, PLLC, Ms. Schultz provided leadership assistance to clients including corporations, non-profit organizations, tribal entities, state governments, municipalities, educational institutions, and foundations on wide ranging federal compliance, business strategies, and governmental related issues domestically and internationally. Ms. Schultz identifies and defines the sources of difficulty and develops practical solutions that all parties involved can understand and support.
Ms. Schultz served in two far-reaching federal technology programs. She was the Director of Compliance and Audits for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She moved rapidly to secure consensus and agreements internally and externally for the post award grants administration framework, compliance and audits for the $4.7B BTOP Program. In her capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, she was responsible for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act. She also served as Audit Liaison to the Inspector General and Government Accountability Office and as Tribal Liaison to 565 Tribal Entities. From 2003-2006, she held the Position of Director of Service Provider Support of the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in Washington, D.C. While there she managed the E-Rate Program operations specific to service providers and acted as the sole SLD liaison and advocate for the service provider community.
As a partner with Patton Boggs, LLP in Washington, DC from 2006 to 2009, Ms. Schultz served as lead partner on Universal Service Fund (USF) and E-Rate business leading strategic, regulatory, compliance and policy advisory services for clients. She advocated for clients on USF matters before USAC, FCC, and Congress. She also served as Of Counsel from 2011 to 2013.
She began her career in regulatory compliance within the technology sector at MCI, where she served as Associate Counsel responsible for international commercial disputes, arbitration, and litigation on telecommunications services including local and long distance, wireless, Internet, frame relay, satellite, international cable consortiums, local loop, network services, and government contracts. As Senior Manager of National Competition and Regulatory Policy at WorldCom, Ms. Schultz advised executive management on business opportunities and litigation risks affecting contract negotiation, dispute resolution, and cost control initiatives. She achieved favorable regulatory enforcement policies in state PUC and PSC carrier-to-carrier collaborative efforts and 271 proceedings.
Prior to her work in telecommunications and technology, she served as a Trial Attorney in the distinguished Attorney General’s Honors Program in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, where she was lead litigator for Customs fraud and international trade cases. She clerked for the Honorable Gregory W. Carman, Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.
In recognition of her leadership and management expertise, she has received numerous awards including Certificates of Appreciation and Special Act Awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Performance and Achievement Awards from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Ms. Schultz is dedicated to both professional and community service. To support her community, she has been actively involved in the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, for over ten years at the local community and international levels, spearheading international projects in education.
Ms. Schultz earned a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C. serving as Editor-in-Chief of The American University Journal of International Law & Policy. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. She pursued international law, economics, political science, and trade in undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Germany, China, and Belgium. She is fluent in German.